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Parliamentary questions
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8 October 2013
Question for written answer P-011520-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Michael Cramer (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Discrimination against non-residents in the context of road-use tolls
 Answer in writing 

As long ago as in 2011, in its White Paper entitled ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area’ (COM(2011)144), the Commission noted that ‘there is increased pressure on public resources for infrastructure funding and a new approach to funding and pricing is needed’. Moreover, in its communication ‘on the application of national road infrastructure charges levied on light private vehicles’ (COM(2012)199) the Commission emphasised that ‘any discrimination of EU citizens on grounds of nationality is prohibited by Article 18 of the Treaty’.

Against this background, if a Member State introduces, broadens the scope of or increases a road-use toll does the Commission consider it acceptable that it should also offer compensation (a tax reduction or similar measure) which benefits only EU citizens residing in that Member State?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 216, 09/07/2014
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